Luxembourg is ahead of other European countries in terms of Internet coverage, with no digital divide between rural and urban regions. On 30 June 2017, the number of FTTH very high-speed fibre-optic connections in homes and other premises reached a total of 165,600 units, in other words some 57% of homes and other premises in the Grand Duchy. The majority of current investments are being carried out by the Entreprise des postes et télécommunications (EPT) as fibre-optic connections (Fibre To The Home - FTTH).
A considerable increase in the number of households connected
Access to very high-speed Internet (THD) increased by 14.6% in one year. Now that DSL has been implemented for over a decade, most subscriptions taken out use the copper infrastructure (ADSL and VDSL).
New technologies are appearing
New technologies like Vectoring and Pair Bonding enable speeds of 100 Mbps and more over a distance of around 100 metres of copper infrastructure to the final customer. These technologies now provide an additional or alternative option to fibre-optic, particularly in areas where it has not yet been rolled out.
DSL technology on copper infrastructure (ADSL and VDSL) dropped slightly on an annual basis from 70.2% to 65.8% of the total number of commercial fixed Internet access connections. However to a large extent it is the dominant technology for the supply of high-speed and very high-speed Internet access.
It's also important to note that according to a recent study by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) published in November, which measures the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in 192 countries, Luxembourg comes 1st place worldwide for access to ICT, and 4th place within the EU regarding their usage. As for the development of the sector, Luxembourg comes 9th in the world ranking.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal / Source: ILR)